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SOURCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does source mean? 

SOURCE (noun)
  The noun SOURCE has 9 senses:

1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
2. a person who supplies information
3. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
4. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
5. a facility where something is available
6. anything that provides inspiration for later work
7. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
8. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
9. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

  Familiarity information: SOURCE used as a noun is familiar.


SOURCE (verb)
  The verb SOURCE has 2 senses:

1. get (a product) from another country or business
2. specify the origin of

  Familiarity information: SOURCE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SOURCE (noun)


Sense 1source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The place where something begins, where it springs into being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

source; origin; root; rootage; beginning

Context examples:

the Italian beginning of the Renaissance / Jupiter was the origin of the radiation / Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River / communism's Russian root

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

point (the precise location of something; a spatially limited location)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

trail head; trailhead (the beginning of a trail)

point source (a spatially constricted by concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution))

home (place where something began and flourished)

birthplace; cradle; place of origin; provenance; provenience (where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence)

jumping-off place; point of departure (a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched)

wellhead; wellspring (the source of water for a well)

headwaters (the source of a river)

fountainhead; head; headspring (the source of water from which a stream arises)

spring (a point at which water issues forth)

derivation (the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues))


Sense 2source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who supplies information

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

informant; source

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

communicator (a person who communicates with others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

betrayer; blabber; informer; rat; squealer (one who reveals confidential information in return for money)

leaker (a surreptitious informant)

passive source (an informant who is not assigned to obtain specific intelligence but who routinely passes on whatever information he or she has)

whistle blower; whistle-blower; whistleblower (an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it)


Sense 3source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

source; reference

Context examples:

he carried an armful of references back to his desk / he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

publication (a copy of a printed work offered for distribution)


Sense 4source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A document (or organization) from which information is obtained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the reporter had two sources for the story

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

document; papers; written document (writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

fountainhead; well; wellspring (an abundant source)

source materials (publications from which information is obtained)


Sense 5source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A facility where something is available

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

facility; installation (a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

Golconda (a source of great wealth (especially a mine))

gold mine; goldmine (a good source of something that is desired)


Sense 6source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything that provides inspiration for later work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

germ; seed; source

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

inspiration (arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

taproot (something that provides an important central source for growth or development)

muse (the source of an artist's inspiration)


Sense 7source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who originates or causes or initiates something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

author; generator; source

Context example:

he was the generator of several complaints

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

maker; shaper (a person who makes things)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "source"):

coiner (someone who is a source of new words or new expressions)


Sense 8source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Context examples:

a heat source / a source of carbon dioxide

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

action; activity; natural action; natural process (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings))

Domain category:

applied science; engineering; engineering science; technology (the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems)

Antonym:

sink ((technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system)


Sense 9source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

reservoir; source

Context example:

an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival

Hypernyms ("source" is a kind of...):

thing (a separate and self-contained entity)


SOURCE (verb)


Sense 1source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get (a product) from another country or business

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Context examples:

She sourced a supply of carpet / They are sourcing from smaller companies

Hypernyms (to "source" is one way to...):

obtain (come into possession of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "source"):

outsource (obtain goods or services from an outside supplier; to contract work out)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2source [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Specify the origin of

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The writer carefully sourced her report

Hypernyms (to "source" is one way to...):

document (support or supply with references)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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